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Palm sedge is a very Midwestern species, ranging from Minnesota to Ohio south to Kansas and Kentucky. Palm sedge is commonly found in high-quality low woodlands, having a strong preference for damp shady spots. It grows 24 to 36 inches tall and about as wide, with a very interesting branched habit that results in stems looking remarkably like thin palm fronds.
With its ability to thrive in boggy sites, Palm Sedge makes a great plant for lower, wetter parts of the garden. It is also very good for using in retention basins and bio-swales - "Rain Gardens," as they're commonly referred to, are becoming more popular as a way to mitigate excess rainfall and prevent excessive runoff, improving percolation into the soil.
Palm sedge isn't as fast-spreading as some of our other wetland sedges, and it is very well-behaved in cultivation. It is also deer and rabbit resistant, like our other sedges.
Palm sedge is very easy to grow, as long as it is planted in a site that doesn't dry out excessively in the summer. Planting in waterlogged soil can be difficult, so we recommend planting these as smaller plugs - They root in quickly. Simply water well once or twice after planting, and keep weeds removed, and these will begin growing quickly.
Palm sedge isn't particular about soil PH, but it does appreciate a near-neutral to slightly alkaline soil; strongly acidic soils may weaken growth allowing other plants to out-compete it.
We provide Palm Sedge in our Quart SuperPlugs - These fabric containers feature healthy, well-developed root systems that help the plants establish more quickly after planting.
|Common Name:||Palm Sedge|
|Botanical Name:||Carex muskingumensis|
|USDA Hardiness Zones:||4-7|
|Flower Color:||Green to Brown (Grass-like)|
|Bloom Time:||Early Summer|
|Habit:||Upright to Arching Clump|
|Light Exposure:||Part Shade to Part Sun; Wet Forests & Fens|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist to Wet|
|Soil Texture:||Clay to Sandy Loam|
|Soil PH:||Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline|
|Landscape Uses:||Groundcover for wet areas, Bio-Swales/Rain Gardens|
|Benefits:||Clay Tolerant, Wet Site Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant|
|Ecological Function:||Soil Stabilization, Cover, Larval Food Source|